Solitaire Mahjong Candy is a singleplayer, tile-matching game. A player must clear a pink, plaid playfield of white tiles layered in unique patterns by removing matching pairs. Each tile features vibrant artwork designed to look like a piece of candy or other treat.
As with classic Chinese Mahjong, the player can only remove uncovered tiles that have at least one side open. They also receive points for every match, including 5 points for bonbons (candies in colorful single- and double-twist wrappers), 10 points for biscuits (various cookies), 15 points for candy (hard and jelly), 20 points for chocolates (chocolate bars and jelly rolls), 25 points for donuts (three types), 30 points for lollipops (hard candy and cake pops) and 35 points for icecream (candy canes, fruit pops, flavored ice pops and cupcakes). They receive the most points by playing as fast as possible to beat a timer.
During gameplay, Solitaire Mahjong Candy tracks the number of cards that the player matches in a spot above the playfield marked with two, red lollipop cards. It tracks accumulated points in a spot above the playfield marked with a gold star.